Steam Ablation, Great Saphenous Ablation Versus Foam, Small Saphenous Compared to Great- Ablation, Intraluminal Blood, Endothelin Release, Follow Up of RadioFrequency, Saphenous Vein Diameter (CONG2011-16)

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The content of this activity is designed to meet the needs of the following target audience:  phlebologists, general surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine practitioners, dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, family practice and internal medicine practitioners, plastic surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, cardiologists, and any other healthcare professional currently or planning on treating patients with venous disease.

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  • Rene Milleret, MD, would like to disclose being a Consultant for Cerma- Vein. The SVS Device is not FDA approved (510K pending).It has a CE Certificate since Nov 2008. 
  • Khaled ElKaffas, MD, has nothing to disclose.
  • Mikel Sadek, MD, has nothing to disclose.
  • Marc Vuylsteke, MD, would like to disclose that this trial has been funded by Bard Benelux, Hospithera, Sanofi- Aventis and Maquet vascular interventions. These sponsors do not have any involvement (except sponsoring) in this study. Tulip fibers, as referred to in this talk, are not FDA approved. Otherwise, there is no conflict of interest.
  • Alessandro Frullini, MD, provides disclosure of non- FDA approved drugs: Polidocanol foam, as referred to in this talk - has not been approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). He would also like to disclose conflicts of Interest, as Consultant for GLORIA MED.
  • Thomas Proebstle, MD, MSc, discloses that he is the Clinical Investigator, and Speaker for Sapheon, as well as owning stock. For Covidien, he is the Clinical Investigator, Consultant, and Speaker. He also discloses that he is the Speaker for CoolTouch.
  • Tristin Lane, MD, has nothing to disclose.


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